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Meet the team behind the success

We’re a friendly bunch and all have different areas of expertise, so feel free to contact the team directly with any questions or queries you may have. Below you will find the key members of our team.

Gareth Smyth, CEO

Craig Graham, Operations Director

Natalie Murphy, Finance Director

Gareth Smyth,  CEO

Gareth is one of the founding Directors and owners of the business. Having worked in the Business Sales arena since 2006, he has a wealth of experience in helping buyers and sellers of businesses. Gareth qualified in 2011 with a Law Degree and has completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program as well as the Certificate in Business Administration at Salford University. Gareth is responsible for performance and strategic growth. 

Away from work, Gareth enjoys cooking and keep fit, is a proud Bolton Wanderers supporter and loves gadgets and technology. 

Craig Graham,  Operations Director

Craig is one of the founding Directors and owners of the business. Having worked in management, and studying Law at University, Craig joined forces with Gareth keen to offer something new in Business Sales.

Away from work, Craig enjoys spending time with his friends and family. Craig enjoys watching a variety of sports including Rugby League Fan, Football and Boxing. Craig is actively involved with various charitable causes including being Chairman of Primary School Trust and is a patron at the Bolton Lads and Girls Club Charity. 

Natalie Murphy,  Finance Director

Natalie first started her career in Accounting upon gaining an apprenticeship studying AAT Level 2 back in 2012. Since then and upon joining Hilton Smythe in July 2014, she has worked in a varied accounting role, starting as an Accounts Assistant and working upwards to Head of Finance and now Group Finance Director.

Natalie is now a fully qualified accountant after having juggled studying on the job.

Away from work, Natalie is a keen baker, enjoys gin tasting and is kept busy by her young son.

Danny Tasker, Marketing Director

Tony Owen, Head of Brand & Design

Tommy Sweeney, Marketing Assistant

Danny Tasker,  Marketing Director

Danny joined the team in 2021

With over 14 years’ experience in Marketing, Danny is looking forward to helping Hilton Smythe grow and take the marketing of the group, and that of its customers to be the best in the industry. Danny has worked in marketing since completing his degree in Leeds, working for a global brand and more recently Yorkshire’s leading estate agent.

Away from work, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and is kept busy by his two-year-old daughter. He is also a keen sportsman, enjoying playing golf and football and watching sport whenever his daughter allows!

Tony Owen,  Head of Brand & Design

Tony joined the team in 2016.

Tony is an integral part of our marketing team and responsible for our branding and design elements including all printed and electronic marketing. Tony recently oversaw the re-branding and integration of our new designs and website. Tony has over 30 years experience in his field as both a designer and Director.

Away from work Tony enjoys travelling and food (although not cooking it).

Tommy Sweeney,  Marketing Assistant

Tommy Joined the team in 2019

As a Marketing Assistant, Tommy works to develop our marketing for our business including the use of a variety of social media platforms. Tommy joined us as a Sales Negotiator and progressed into his current role after showing a keen interest in all things digital and marketing.

Away from work Tommy is a keen cocktail maker, a gym fanatic and is proud of his Irish roots.

Elizabeth Cooke, Document Writer

Paul Williams, Head of Financial Services

Catherine Farthing, Financial Services Assistant

Elizabeth Cooke,  Document Writer

Elizabeth joined the team on 2022.

As a Corporate Document Writer, she is involved in producing Information Memorandums on behalf of clients, and she also assists with producing content for the Hilton Smythe website. Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, she studied French and Philosophy at Oxford University.

Outside of work, she enjoys running, horse riding, photography, reading, and entertaining her crazy whippet, Louis.

Paul Williams,  Head of Financial Services

Paul joined the team in 2016

Paul has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial sector. He has previously worked with banks including NatWest and Yorkshire Bank, where he specialised in business banking.

Paul is responsible for assessing clients’ needs and obtaining commercial finance on their behalf, on a fully independent basis from a wide panel of lenders, matching those needs to the most appropriate lender. He will support the client until the completion of the deal.

Catherine Farthing,  Financial Services Assistant

Catherine joined the team in 2022.

As a Financial Services Assistant, Catherine works closely with our clients who are looking to obtain finance / funding for their business, ensuring we get them the best possible deal.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe Catherine spent 12 years serving in the British Army and served in Afghanistan. Upon leaving the Army Catherine decided to pursue a career in Accountancy and is on track to qualify in May 2023 with First Class Honours.

Away from work Catherine is a busy mum to two children and enjoys spending time with friends.

Simon Danvers, Corporate Director

Emma Flood, Corporate Account Manager

Jacob Lord, Senior Deal Executive

Simon Danvers,  Corporate Director

Simon joined the team in 2021

As a Corporate Director, Simon works closely with our Corporate Clients at the early stage of their instruction to us to ensure they have an effective marketing strategy and have the correct marketing price. Simon has over 20 years experience in business sales, mergers and acquisitions, with most of his time spent valuing and advising businesses.

Away form work Simon enjoys kick boxing along with keeping fit.  

Emma Flood,  Corporate Account Manager

Emma joined the team in 2019

As a Corporate Account Manager, Emma liaises with our Corporate clients at the early stages of their instructions to us and works closely with the Corporate team and our clients coordinating meetings. Emma has over 15 years experience in business sales.

Away from work Emma heads up a successful paranormal investigation group and is and animal fanatic. Emma loves spending time with her two beloved cats, George and Michael.

Jacob Lord,  Senior Deal Executive

Jacob joined the team in 2021

As a Senior Deal Executive, Jacob is responsible for looking after a portfolio of Corporate businesses ensuring that our Corporate clients are kept informed and ensuring that the very best result is brokered from deals. Jacob has around 5 years experience in the role and business sales.

Away from work, Jacob is fanatical about anything tech based, he loves movies, gaming, gadgets and E-sports. Jacob has a passion for cooking and can often be found playing squash.

Ian Flood, Head of Research

Harris Abbott, Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst

Jared Birkitt, Research Analyst

Ian Flood,  Head of Research

Ian joined the team in 2021

As a Head of Research, Ian matches our Corporate businesses to potential purchasers working to connect the perfect business with the right purchaser. Ian has worked in the role for the previous 5 years and thoroughly enjoys it.

Away from work Ian is a huge supporter of Bolton Wanderers and holds a season ticket and enjoys cooking, sampling craft ales and attending music concerts.

Harris Abbott,  Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst

Harris joined the team in 2022.

As a Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst, Harris supports our sales team in producing company valuation reports for potential clients, as well as providing formal valuation opinions to existing clients.Harris has had a successful career working as an accountant but decided to use his transferable skills to begin a career in mergers and acquisitions.

Away from work Harris can be found watching his cherished Tottenham Hotspur where he has a season ticket along with socialising with his friends and family.

Jared Birkitt,  Research Analyst

Jared joined the team in 2022.

As a research analyst, Jared matches our Corporate businesses to potential purchasers working to connect the perfect business with the right purchaser.


Away from work Jared is a supporter of Manchester City and enjoys socialising with his friends and family.

Sandra Roberts, Corporate Executive Assistant

Belinda Daniels, Business Development Manager

Kai Pollitt-Parry, Office Manager

Sandra Roberts,  Corporate Executive Assistant

Sandra joined the team in 2022.

Sandra works in our Corporate Department assisting the team and clients with a variety of tasks. Sandra takes a hands on approach and provides cover for colleagues whenever it is required and is always happy to help anyone out.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe Sandra has spent time working as a book keeper, before training as a Criminal Lawyer; something she did for 20 years. More recently, Sandra has spent the previous 9 years working in luxury retail brands in Selfridges.

Away from work, Sandra enjoys good wine and food, spending time with her friends and family, shopping, going to the cinema and is fond of Cruising holidays.

Belinda Daniels,  Business Development Manager

Belinda joined the team in 2017, after having spent 35 years working for luxury brands in retail management.

Belinda’s role is a pivotal one across the business ensuring that we maintain positive and meaningful relationships with the people and organisations we work with. Belinda represents our business at events and takes the lead on our commitments to our Corporate, Social and Moral Responsibilities to the communities and sectors we work in.

Belinda recently lead the business to win a gold customer service award from Feefo and lead the process for us to be recognised as an outstanding employer from the Best Companies.

Away from work, Belinda enjoys walking, interior design and is a keen gardener.

Kai Pollitt-Parry,  Office Manager

Kai joined the team in 2017.

Kai joined as an apprentice and has worked in a variety of integral roles.

Kai’s role involves assisting the Directors and being the go to person in the office for everything and anything!

Away from work, Kai enjoys anything technical. He is a keen gamer and when not online, he enjoy working out and keep fit.

Joshil Hirani, Business Support Assistant

Declan Bottomley, Accounts Assistant

Jake Herriot, Valuations Co-ordinator

Joshil Hirani,  Business Support Assistant

Joshil joined the team in 2017.

Joshil joined Hilton Smythe as an apprentice. Joshil completed his  NVQ Level 4 in Property and Real estate management.

Joshil provides administrative support to the team and is at the centre of all aspects of the business.

Away from work Joshil is a gaming pro and something of a FIFA legend

Declan Bottomley,  Accounts Assistant

Declan joined the team in 2013.

Having joined as an apprentice, Declan successfully completed an NVQ Level 4 in Real Estate and Property Management. 

Declan works in our accounts team assisting the Group Finance Director with a variety of tasks, covering credit control and invoicing, to contractual matters and managing suppliers.

Away from work Declan is a keen baker and singer.

Jake Herriot,  Valuations Co-ordinator

Jake joined the team in 2013.

After completing his apprenticeship in 2015 with an NVQ Level 4, Jake found a real liking in the New Business team and has remained in the department. 

Jake works closely with the team of Valuers assisting clients in the very early stages of the business sales process.

Away from work Jake enjoys spending time with his family.

Andy Tate, Valuations Co-ordinator

John Scroggins, Valuer

Kimberley Warburton, Valuer

Andy Tate,  Valuations Co-ordinator

Andy joined the team in 2017.

Andy works closely with the team of Valuers assisting clients in the very early stages of the business sales process.

Away from work, Andy enjoys gaming, anything Marvel and has a love of cars.

John Scroggins,  Valuer

John joined the team in 2014.

As a Valuer, John is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

John has more than 25 years experience in business sales, and has worked in a variety of roles in his career gaining valuable experience. John has a qualification in estate management and a HND in Business.

When he is not at work, John love socialising and cooking.

Kimberley Warburton,  Valuer

Kimberley joined the team in 2012.

As a Valuer, Kimberley is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

Kimberley has worked in Business Sales since 2009 and undertaken a variety of roles which has broadened her experience.

When she is not busy working, Kimberley enjoys spending quality time with her partner and two young daughters.

Samantha Nugent, Valuer

Andrew Rowell, Valuer

Simon Hunt, Valuer

Samantha Nugent,  Valuer

Sam joined the team in 2015.

As a Valuer, Samantha is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

Sam has worked in business transfer since 2009, undertaking various roles, gaining valuable experience in a variety of roles.

Away from work, Sam enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and is a keen foodie. She is a real dog fanatic and spends lots of time walking her dog with her partner.  

Andrew Rowell,  Valuer

Andy joined the team in 2014.

As a Valuer, Andy is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation.

After ten years with a large corporate estate agency as an independent mortgage broker he followed this up with another corporate agent as a Financial Services Sales Manager. Andy has also worked for a High Street Bank as a Financial Planner and is a qualified Financial Adviser, Mortgage Broker and Debt Counsellor. His aim in his current role, is to provide accurate valuations and the highest possible standards of customer care and service.

Away from work Andy enjoys keeping fit and can often be found in the gym. Additionally Andy is a family man and enjoys spending time with his extended family.

Simon Hunt,  Valuer

Simon Joined the team in 2022.

As a Valuer, Simon is responsible for liaising with business owners in the early stages of the business sales process to provide business owners with a valuation. Simon has a long and diverse professional background ranging from retail management to property valuer to company director; all of which provide him with a broad business insight.

In his spare time Simon is a keen photographer and enjoys going to the gym daily; along with a passion for cars, Simon is also working on his second property renovation.

Aidan Murphy, Deal Executive

Karen Currie, Senior Sales Progressor

Katie Holt, Senior Sales Progressor

Aidan Murphy,  Deal Executive

Aidan joined the team in 2012.

Aidan joined Hilton Smythe as a graduate.

Aidan heads up our mid market team dealing with a portfolio of businesses he manages on behalf of his clients. Aidan has 10 years experience in business sales and is passionate about getting deals done for his clients.

Away from work Aidan enjoys cycling, hiking and being outdoors, as well as spending time socialising.

Karen Currie,  Senior Sales Progressor

Karen joined the team in 2019.

As a Senior Sales Progressor, Karen oversees the smooth transition of businesses from seller to buyer, liaising with various different professionals to ensure that the process is hassle free and works to our clients mutual expectations.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Karen spent several years working in property sales and estate agency and has accumulated 15 years experience in the sector.

Away from work Karen enjoys spending time with her family and enjoys walking.

Katie Holt,  Senior Sales Progressor

Katie joined the team in 2014.

As a Senior Sales Progressor, Katie oversees the smooth transition of businesses from seller to buyer, liaising with various different professionals to ensure that the process is hassle free and works to our clients mutual expectations.

Prior to joining the team, Katie worked in hospitality

Away from work Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Cheryl Hunt, Sales Manager

Rob Walker, Senior Sales Negotiator

Paul Barlow, Sales Negotiator

Cheryl Hunt,  Sales Manager

Cheryl joined the team in 2015.

Cheryl heads up our Sales team ensuring the right training and coaching is given to the team and helps everybody achieve their goals. In addition to her role as Sales Manager, Cheryl also has a portfolio of businesses she manages on behalf of her clients. Cheryl has around 10 years experience in estate agency and is passionate about getting deals done for her clients.

Away from work Cheryl enjoys spending relaxing time with her young family and is keen on arts and crafts.

Rob Walker,  Senior Sales Negotiator

Rob joined the team in 2019.

As a Senior Sales Negotiator Rob looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date.

Rob has worked in property sales since 2014 in both business transfer and residential property sales.

When not in work, Rob can often be found at his second home in the lakes and he is a avid football fan, with a season ticket for Bolton Wanderers.

Paul Barlow,  Sales Negotiator

Paul joined the team in 2022.

As a Sales Negotiator, Paul looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date.

After some time spent in the Army, Paul moved into the pub trade and successfully managed his own venue for a chain brand. Away from work Paul enjoys playing and watching football, cycling and spending time with his partner and daughter.

Nathan Longworth, Sales Negotiator

Adam Varey, Sales Negotiator

Alice Currie, Sales Support Assistant

Nathan Longworth,  Sales Negotiator

Nathan joined the team in 2022.

As a Sales Negotiator, Nathan looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date.

Nathan has had a successful career working in a variety of roles in both insurance and healthcare. Away from work Nathan can be found playing football for his Sunday league team, watching his beloved Bolton Wanderers and socialising with his friends and family.

Adam Varey,  Sales Negotiator

Adam joined the team in 2022.

As a Sales Negotiator, Adam looks after a portfolio of businesses, dealing with potential purchasers, negotiating offers through to sale and ensuring clients remain fully up to date.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Adam had a varied career initially following on from his Degree in Drama he featured in various productions and shows such as Coronation Street and Hollyoaks. More recently, Adam has worked in Residential House Sales and Estate Agency.

Away from work Adam is still very involved in Drama, is a loyal lifelong Bolton Wanderers fan and is kept busy by his young family.

Alice Currie,  Sales Support Assistant

Alice joined the team in 2019.

Alice’s role involves matching our buyers with business opportunities for them and assisting our team of Sales Negotiators.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Alice spent a number of years working in residential property sales.

Away from work Alice enjoys spending time with her young family and socialising with friends.

Sanaa Ahmed, Sales Support Assistant

Toby, Head of Morale

Sanaa Ahmed,  Sales Support Assistant

Sanaa joined the team in 2022.

Sanaa role involves matching our buyers with business opportunities for them and assisting our team of Sales Negotiators.

Prior to joining Hilton Smythe, Sanaa complete her studies at college and joins us on an apprenticeship, due to be completed in 2023.

Away from work Sanaa enjoys being in the great outdoors, normally doing sports and when not busy outdoors she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Toby,  Head of Morale

Toby joined the team in 2021.

Toby is our Head of Morale and ensures that all of the team are in high spirits. He spends his time in the office looking for the occasional tummy rub and stroke.

Away from the office Toby enjoys long walks, eating lots of food and treats and is not fond of the rain!